Entries tagged with: Brother Ali
The Glitch Mob and Chrome Sparks are playing Hammerstein Ballroom on November 1. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Electric Six and The Soft White Sixties are playing Knitting Factory on October 9 and Marlin Room at Webster Hall on October 10. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at 10 AM.
Brother Ali, Bambu and DJ Last Word are playing Knitting Factory on October 29. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.
Arsis are celebrating the tenth anniversary of A Celebration of Guilt at Santos Party House on September 3 with Allegaeon and Exmortus. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
A$AP Rocky & Joey Bada$$ in Austin in July (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned a few times, Rock the Bells is returning to a few cities this year, including East Rutherford, NJ's Meadlowlands Racetrack from October 4-5. The two-day hip hop festival has just announced its final additions, including A$AP Rocky (and his A$AP Mob), Joey Bada$$ (and Pro Era), Trinidad Jame$, Logic, Stalley, Young Dirty Bastard, and Odd Future's The Internet.
They join previously announced names like Wu-Tang Clan, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Rakim, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, Big Sean and more.
A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, and Trinidad Jame$ just swung through the NYC-area when their tour with Wiz Khalifa hit PNC Bank Arts Center on 8/2 and Jones Beach last night (8/6).
Danny Brown and Action Bronson just announced a tour leading up to their Rock the Bells NJ appearances.
We also just mentioned that The Internet play NYC this month.
Full Rock the Bells NJ lineups, day-by-day, are listed below...
Big Sean at Rock the Bells 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Hip Hop festival Rock the Bells, which hits a few cities this year, has expanded its lineup once again. The NYC-area stop, which happens in East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands Racetrack from October 4-5 will now also include Big Sean and Chief Keef. Other stops on the tour now include A-Trak (LA, DC) and Iamsu (LA, San Francisco).
They join previously announced names like Wu-Tang Clan, Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Juicy J, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Rakim, Action Bronson, Flatbush Zombies, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, and more. 2-day passes for the festival are still available.
Updated NJ lineup below...
As mentioned, hip hop festival Rock the Bells is returning in 2013 to a few different cities including East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands Racetrack from October 4-5. In addition to previously announced names like Black Hippy (aka Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock), Common, Juicy J, Danny Brown, Tyler the Creator, Wu-Tang Clan, Bone Thuz N Harmony, Earl Sweatshirt, Pusha T, Big K.R.I.T., Flatbush Zombies and more, the lineup has been expanded to include even more.
Joining the artists mentioned above will be the reunited Deltron 3030 (though they only play the LA and San Francisco stops), Big Daddy Kane, Action Bronson, J. Cole, Rapsody & 9th Wonder, Freddie Gibbs, Freeway, KRS-One, RIff Raff, Slick Rick & Doug E. Fresh, Sean P, Smoke DZA, Wale, YG, and weirdly enough, Girl Talk and Pretty Lights. 2-day passes for the festival are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Schoolboy Q at Best Buy Theater - 5/21/13 (via Kellen Dengler)
Thanks to TDE's recent success, Q found himself as the most established performer at the Freshman show. With no one to accompany him on stage, he fared better in the larger crowd as a solo artist, breezing through tracks from Habits & Contradictions and throwback collaborations with A$AP Rocky. At one point, he asked Kendrick Lamar to join him but laughed at the audience members who fell for his joke. Fittingly, he won the crowd back with his charisma by asking them the title of his upcoming album. "Oxymoron!" they screamed back. And this was done four times over. [XXL]The 2013 XXL Freshman Class, including Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Angel Haze, and more, all came to NYC for a show at Best Buy Theater last night (5/21). You can check out a video of Schoolboy Q playing "My Hatin' Joint" at the show, below.
As mentioned in yesterday's What's Going On? post, Action Bronson made a video for his Harry Fraud-produced song, "Strictly 4 My Jeeps." If you missed it, you can watch that video below. Riff Raff stars in the video, and as discussed, he plays a Scion A/V show in Brooklyn at Coco 66 tonight (5/22) with Stalley and Smoke DZA. Entrance to that show had to be gained through Scion's contest which has since ended.
Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul are both members of the group Black Hippy (which also includes Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock), and that whole group is playing the traveling Rock the Bells Festival which hits the NYC-area on October 4-5 at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. Tickets for that festival are on sale now. The rest of the lineup includes Big K.R.I.T., Common, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler the Creator, Jhene Aiko, Juicy J, Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan, and many more.
Updated Rock the Bells lineup and videos below...
Happy 10th anniversary to Rock the Bells, who have announced their initial, rotating 2013 lineup featuring hosts Peter Rosenberg & MURS 3:16, as well as names like Bone Thugs N Harmony, Danny Brown, Black Hippy (who just played NYC), Common, E40 & Too Short, Earl Sweatshirt (ditto), Flatbush Zombies, Juicy J (who played a Fader show on Monday and Irving Plaza last night), Rakim, Wu-Tang Clan (who play Summer Jam soon), Tyler the Creator (who just announced an NYC show as part of Odd Future), Eazy E, Ol Dirty Bastard and more. Confused? Yes, I did just say Eazy E and Ol Dirty Bastard, both of which will be "virtual performances" as part of the travelling festival. AllHipHop reports:
Ol Dirty Bastard and Eazy-E's spirits will return to the stage at Rock The Bells this year, AllHipHop has learned.So far only four dates exist for Rock the Bells. They're all listed below. Two of them are on the East Coast and one is in the NYC area at Meadowlands Racetrack in Rutherford, NJ on October 4-5. Tickets go on presale Thursday (10/16) at noon, and regular sale on Saturday.
The pair of Hip-Hop legends will have holograms performing this year at the 10-year anniversary of the rap festival.
Eazy-E will perform virtually with Bone Thugs-In-Harmony and ODB will rock with Wu Tang. Organizers said Eazy never blessed the Rock The Bells stage and ODB only did once.
Also, the "holograms" are approved by Eazy-E's wife Tomica Wright and Ol Dirty's mother, Cherry Jones.
Tupac's Coachella appearance inspired the new virtual performances at Rock The Bells, organizers admitted.
Initial lineup (at least 15 more artists TBA), dates and some video below.
As you may know, when Nardwuar interviews people he often brings them gifts. But we think this may be a first. After being interviewed by "the Human Serviette," Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali sampled the records Nardwaur gave him and made a song out of it. Says Brother Ali:
I've had the pleasure of being interviewed and featured in some of the most incredible publications but the most entertaining and interesting interviews Ive ever had was with the one and only Nardwuar. During our interview he gave me The original program to a Muhammad Ali exhibition fight in Vancouver and several records. First thing I did when I got home from the tour was listen through the records and make a beat from one of them. I ended up recording this song. Doot doola doot doot!You can stream Brother Ali's "Nardwuar" track (and watch the original interview) below...
Minneapolis rapper Brother Ali is set to release his new album, Mourning In America and Dreaming In Color, on August 21 via Rhymesayers. That's the cover art above. The album was produced by Jake One. You can stream "Stop The Press," from that album below.
Brother Ali will support the album with the 'Mourning In America' tour with Homeboy Sandman, who put out his first release for Stones Throw earlier this year, and DJ Sosa. He'll be touring with his new live band, Blank Tape Beloved, which features Jake One. That tour hits NYC for a show on September 27 at Bowery Ballroom. Colorado's The Reminders will also be supporting some dates on the tour, including the NYC show. Tickets for that show go on sale today (6/29) at noon.
In related news, StarTribune reports that Brother Ali was arrested in Minneapolis last week as he was taking part in an Occupy Homes protest for "trespassing and refusing police orders to leave the premises." They write:
Thirteen protesters were arrested out of about 125 at the site. It was one of at least a dozen protests nationwide, timed to a meeting at PNC Bank in Pittsburgh. Occupy leaders blame a PNC computer glitch for leading to the foreclosure of the former Cruz family home at 4044 Cedar Av. S.Brother Ali since tweeted, "I appreciate all the love and support for my little involvement in Occupy Homes. The real heros are the families who lead the charge."
This was a first-time arrest for the rapper, who has been active in several community causes. He organized a block party last summer at Masjid An-Nur, the North Side mosque where he and U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison worship, offering help to tornado victims in north Minneapolis, where he spent his teenage years.
Ali became a Muslim at age 15 to lessen the outcast status he felt as an albino. "The Muslim teachings I know tell you not to break laws," he said, so he consulted spiritual leaders beforehand about the possibility of being arrested. He said he spent about seven hours in jail. He was released on $50 bail and is due in court July 5.
A list of all Brother Ali dates and that song stream are below...
The Babies play Public Assembly on July 25 with Night Manager, Beach Day, Daytona, and Total Slacker (DJ). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Brother Ali is playing Bowery Ballroom on September 27 with Blank Tape Beloved, Homeboy Sandman, DJ Sosa, and The Reminders. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general sale starting Friday (6/29) at noon.
Alberta Cross, who just played Governors Ball, will be back in NYC for a show at Bowery Ballroom on September 13. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon with a general sale starting Friday (6/29) at noon.
photos by Brook Bobbins
Okay, so everyone advertised did perform. But it sure was a nail-biter. Lauryn Hill, the eccentric erstwhile Fugee who has mostly stayed out of sight since her lone solo album, 1998's still-scintillating R&B masterpiece "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," was clearly the lineup's chief curiosity. When it comes to her behavior over the past decade there's been no rumor too bizarre to believe. Sunday's rumor was a doozy, and it was true -- she really was three hours late to the stage because she was getting a manicure-pedicure. Suddenly, the attempt by her former band mate Wyclef Jean to become president of Haiti doesn't seem quite so self-centered.I was wondering if Snoop's afternoon appearance in Prospect Park was really a good idea. There were significantly less complaints from the Rock the Bells show that happened one day earlier on Governors Island in NYC. Lauryn was only 30 minutes late.
As her 4:30 start time approached, the elaborate stage plot was ready to go. And then . . . nothing. A 10-minute wait became a half-hour, which became a full hour. Scattered heckles became heavy boos as the stage was broken down at 5:30... Her toenails apparently dry, Lauryn Hill [finally performed later], but she probably shouldn't have bothered. The performance was a messy rush through highlights from "Miseducation," but they were hardly recognizable due to her hoarse voice, speedy delivery and clunky, overstuffed arrangements. Hill wasn't lacking for energy, just focus. The feedback on her microphone was ear-splitting; special guest Nas came out for a 45-second cameo, and his microphone wasn't working for half of it. After 20 minutes she departed to an equal mix of cheers and boos, seemingly oblivious as to why anyone might be upset.
...As headliner Snoop Dogg's stage props were assembled -- that would be a large video screen and a park bench covered in 40s in brown paper bags -- and the clock began ticking toward the venue's 11 p.m. curfew, the chatter started again. As a general rule of thumb, chatter at hip-hop shows is not a good thing. Where's Snoop? He was in New York performing at a Michael Jackson tribute show earlier in the day and at 10:45 p.m. was nowhere to be seen. Boos, again.
He did finally emerge, wearing what seemed to be your grandmother's old kitchen tablecloth and performed a truncated version of his iconic gangsta rap album "Doggystyle."... He mostly stayed true to character, never smiling -- maybe he was too focused reading his lyrics off teleprompters -- but his listless performance gave off the vibe that he'd rather be somewhere else. Like, New York. Snoop drawled over the atomic G-funk of "What's My Name?" as the house lights went on -- the venue's not-so-subtle way of saying, "It's time for you to go now." It's hard to think Snoop minded too much. -[Washington Post]
photos by Eric Townsend, words by BBG
"Can't NOBODY FUCK WITH A TRIBE CALLED QUEST LIVE! ROCK THE BELLS NYC WAS MAGIC!" -Carringtonworld
"#np tribe called quest-steve biko(stir it up)....what yall know about #RocktheBells 2010 live from nyc huh? -"NotoriousDIZZ"
"Some of my rap top 10 will be live on stage: slick rick, lauryn hill, wu tang, rakim, krs one, tribe called quest. nYc represent, represent" -LeRoyLive
A Tribe Called Quest on Governors Island Saturday
Linden boulevard represent, representBoth A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim, and the songs "Steve Biko" AND "Eric B Is President" were showcased at Saturday's Rock The Bells event at Randall's Island as the crews showcased their classic LPs Midnight Marauders and Paid In Full respectively. The two Hip Hop legends were part of a much larger whopper of a show that also showcased Wu-Tang Clan's Enter The 36 Chambers, Snopp Dogg's Doggy Style, Slick Rick's The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, KRS-One performing Criminal-Minded, as well as performances from Lauryn Hill, Jedi Mind Tricks, Brother Ali, Wiz Khalifa, and many many others. On the paparazzi tip, celebs were out in full force to check out the show as well as Jay-Z, Chris Rock, John Legend (who performs at Bowery Ballroom tonight), newlywed couple Alicia Keys/Swizz Beatz, Mary J Blige, and many many others were all spotted at the shindig (some snaps are below).
Tribe called quest represent, represent
When the mic is in my hand, I'm never hesitant
My favourite jam back in the day was "Eric B. is President"
-[A Tribe Called Quest - "Steve Biko (Stir It Up)"]
More pictures (and video) from the show are HERE and below (, and one more set still on the way)...
Rock The Bells 2010? Um, awesome.
For the first time in the history of hip-hop entertainment, ROCK THE BELLS is slated to have headliners perform their most influential albums in their entirety. East-coast legends Wu-Tang Clan will perform Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers from beginning to end. Released in 1993, the group's debut album revived the New York rap scene and is widely-regarded as one of the greatest albums in hip-hop history. Considered one of the greatest MC's of all time, Rakim is set to perform 1987's, Paid In Full, his first full-length album with Eric B. Fellow Golden age, east coast rapper, Slick Rick will conquer The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. Released in 1989, this debut album became a certified-platinum classic topping the Billboard's Top R&B/ Hip Hop Albums charts. Highly regarded as the "THE TEACHER", KRS-One is a hip hop culture advocate, music producer, MC and published author. Hailed as one of the best live performers, KRS-One will perform [the Boogie Down Productions classic LP] Criminal Minded. The 1987 trend-setting album sampled music from various genres including rock, reggae and funk.In addition to that drooler of a hip hop lineup, Rock The Bells will also feature a rotating cast of also-awesomes, depending on where you lay your head. Lineups haven't been solidified by city but look for appearances from Street Sweeper Social Club, Murs and 9th Wonder, Wiz Khalifa, Clipse, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, Brother Ali, DJ Muggs and Ill Bill, Big Sean, Yelawolf, and more TBA (but not Lauryn Hill).
So far only four festival dates have been released, LA (8/21), San Fran (8/22), NYC at Governors Island (8/28), and DC (8/29). Ticket info is forthcoming.
Brother Ali with Rakim in 2009
The NYC show comes one month after Fashawn makes an appearance at the Nah Right/The Smoking Section Day Party at Rumbler Lounge at Peckerheads in Austin on 3/20 during SXSW. There Fashawn will intersect with Freeway & Jake One (who just played Highline with Brother Ali), J.Cole, Pac Div, Wiz Khalifa, Freddie Gibbs (who is playing the Pitchfork Festival), Pill, Diz Gibran, and many others. Nah Right has more details.
One of those performers, Wiz Khalifa, will headline Irving Plaza on March 26th as part of a larger tour for Deal or No Deal, his album that dropped late last year. Tickets are on sale, full dates are below.
Another performer from the Nah Right/Smoking Section party, J Cole, is the current cover boy of The Source and one of XXL's "Top 10 Freshmen". J will also play NYC as part of Hot 97's Who'w Next Live at SOB's on March 30. Tickets are still available.
Full Brother Ali & Wiz Khalifa dates and some videos are below...
We'll get a more complete press release in the morning (and confirm what is listed below is 100% correct), but in the meantime below is a picture of the 2010 Sasquatch poster (that someone Tweeted) and the lineup as read by Bradford Cox at tonight's Atlas Sound show in Seattle (and being listed all over the Internet)....
Brother Ali, whose new album Us was released late last year (title track above), has been added to the Freeway & Jake One shows at the Trocadero on 2/15 and at Highline Ballroom on 2/16. Highline tickets are still available. The shows are in celebration of Freeway/Jake One's new LP, The Stimulus Package.
Brother Ali, Freeway, Jake One, and a good portion of the Rhymesayers crew will also play a benefit for Haiti in Minneapolis on 2/9. Following those shows, and the Stimulus release parties, Brother Ali will jet out to Europe for a string of dates with BK-One.
All dates, the "Us" video,and a Jake One video featuring Freeway and Brother Ali, below...
DOWNLOAD: Freeway - Know What I Mean (MP3)
On Feb 9th, Rhymesayers will band together a gang of notable MCs on their home turf (Minneapolis, MN at First Avenue) in honor of Rhymesayers Presents: A Benefit For Haiti. Along for the ride are Brother Ali, Sage Francis, Freeway, I Self Devine and others, with the entire event hosted by head Rhymesayer himself, Slug. Tickets are on sale.
Freeway is also on board for another charitable look at Haiti. He is one of a few notable MCs who have joined on for HipHopDX Presents... Hip Hop Helps Haiti. The mixtape features tracks from MCs like Raekwon, Skyzoo, JR Writer, Ras Kass and many others. The mixtape is free, but it's host Hip Hop DX, is accepting charitable donations towards the devastation in Haiti. Give and give big people. Cop that mixtape here.
Exactly one week after that Haiti benefit in Minneapolis (2/16), Freeway & Jake One will tear down Highline Ballroom in NYC with Joell Ortiz. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of three dates that Freeway has around the release date of his new album with Jake One, The Stimulus Package - out 2/16 on Rhymesayers. Cover art and an MP3 from the album above.
All Freeway tour dates and a few videos, including the new-ish video for the same song linked above, below....
The Beets @ Woodsist/CT Fest 7/4 (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Monday Night Burlesque @ Public Assembly
* Jemina Pearl @ Mercury Lounge
* Ambulance Ltd., Savoir Adore @ Union Hall
* Les Paul Trio w/ Bucky Pizzarelli @ Iridium
* Brendan Benson, Sean Bones @ Bowery Ballroom
* Benevento/Russo Duo, Jeff Bujak @ Highline Ballroom
* Whiplash w/ David Cross, Ted Alexandro @ UCB Theatre
* Brave Combo, Corn Mo & The .357 Lover @ The Bell House
* Yolanda Adams, Israel Houghton & The New Breed @ Wingate Field
* Bad Blood, Stupid Party, Special Noise, Angels Of America @ Don Pedro
* Precious Metal w/ Liturgy, Lightning Swords of Death, Bastard Sapling, Agrath @ Lit
* Falling Down w/ Ali Wong, Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Hannibal Buress @ Bruar Falls
* Small Beast w/ Paul Wallfisch, Bliss Blood, Curtis Eller, Larry Bang Bang @ Delancey
* The Virgins, The Beets, Dinowalrus, Teengirl Fantasy, Animal Collective (DJ), JDH & Dave P (DJ) @ Santos
Free outdoor music tonight includes a show with Yolanda Adams, Israel Houghton & The New Breed at Wingate Field.
The Virgins, The Beets, Dinowalrus and Teengirl Fantasy play a benefit for Cinema Nolita at Santos with Animal Collective and FIXED's JDH & Dave P DJing.
Rev. Vince Anderson continues his weekly residency at Union Pool.
Brendan Benson kicks off his new-album-supporting tour at the Bowery Ballroom with Sean Bones.
The Highline Pianos series opens with sets from Benevento/Russo Duo and Jeff Bujak.
Les Paul Trio honors its recently-passed leader by playing with guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli at the Iridium.
Hercules and Love Affair played two NYC over the weekend. Antony and The Johnsons put out a video for their cover of Beyonce's "Crazy In Love," posted below.
"Fresh Air," the first single off Brother Ali's forthcoming Rhymesayers LP Us, is posted below.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Guilty Simpson & Madlib - "Coroner's Music" (MP3)
'Coroner's Music' off O.J. Simpson
Before we go any further, no, Mr. Bloody Glove has not released a solo record. Yet. (More on that below). BUT, Jedi Mind Tricks frontman Vinnie Paz is prepping his. Vinnie Paz recently dropped the early-Wu-tastic single "Drag You To Hell" which is currently streamable here and available via iTunes here. The track comes from his upcoming solo LP The Assassin's Creed, which features appearances from Beanie Sigel, Clipse, and Freeway as well as production by Madlib, Lil Fame (M.O.P.), Da Beatminerz, and 4th Disciple (Wu-Tang) among others.
Jedi Mind Tricks will hit the road in mid August for a west-midwest-east tour with Esoteric (of 7L & Esoteric) and Reef the Lost Cauze that includes an NYC show at Highline Ballroom on 9/13 and a show on L.I. at Crazy Donkey the night before. Tickets for Highline are on sale.
Speaking of Madlib, the Beat Konducta has announced his collaboration with Guilty Simpson for an album named, er, OJ Simpson (Madlib's real name is Otis Jackson). The new track "Coroner's Music" (available above) comes from an LP due on the mighty Stones Throw this fall (and a 12" that is out now), and features Strong Arm Steady, Elzhi (of the recently reunited Slum Village who played Rock the Bells at Jones Beach on July 19th), as well as cuts from the great J.Rocc.
Speaking of Rock the Bells (and Wu-Tang),
Between the end of Wu's set and the beginning of Slaughterhouse's, Method Man and Joe Budden were seen walking together in the parking lot. The two took their time quashing the beef.Ghostface, Redman & Method Man play Nokia Theatre in NYC on July 30th.
When Slaughterhouse, which also includes Royce da 5'9", Joell Ortiz and Crooked I, took the stage, they publicly announced the end of the short-term feud.
"It will never be a beef with Wu-Tang clan," Royce said. He then revealed the convo between Meth and Budden, saying the situation was "squashed." [MTV]
Annnnnd while we're on the subject, Evidence (who performed At Jones Beach with The Alchemist as Step Brothers) will hit the road this coming fall with Brother Ali, BK One and Toki Wright for a US tour in celebration of Brother Ali's new LP on Rhymesayers, US. Evidence recently signed with Rhymesayers, and will release Cats & Dogs via the label in 2010. The Alchemist's new album, Chemical Warfare, is out NOW and features appearances from Kool G Rap, Eminem, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep - recorded before he hit the lock-up I'm assuming) and many others.
The NYC Brother Ali date is November 7th at Irving Plaza. Tickets for the whole tour are now on presale. All dates below.
Stones Throw badass Peanut Butter Wolf is scheduled to perform at All Points West this weekend (July 31 - Aug 2). Jay-Z, KOOL Keith, Q-Tip, Pharcyde, Organized Konfusion, The Cool Kids and others will also be part of the Jersey City festivities.
Esoteric of 7L & Esoteric will release his solo debut Saving Seamus Ryan on 9/22 featuring appearances by Masta Ace and DJ Premier.
Video of Step Brothers @ Rock The Bells, as well as all tour dates are below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Common Market - "Back Home (The Return)" (MP3)
Man, Cleopatra Jones!
They reunited & toured, played a $7 show with Ghostface and The Alchemist, and now Digable Planets are preparing to hit the road again, including a date at Highline Ballroom in NYC on April 1st. Tickets are on sale. All dates below.
Joining the Creamy Spies for the trek, Seattle's Common Market, who released their album Tobacco Road in 2008 which includes "Back Home (The Return)" available for download above. Before CM hits the road with Digable, look for them at SXSW at one of two places: The Back Alley Social on March 18 with Brother Ali, The Grouch & Eligh, and Zion I, and at Palm Door on March 21 with Past Lives & Natalie Portman's Shaved Head. Full Common Market dates, with Digable and without, below.
Speaking of Zion I, the critically acclaimed duo dropped The TakeOver on Feb 17. It's the follow-up to their 2006 collabo record with The Grouch (but not Eligh), Heroes In The City Of Dope. Check out a video of the duo discussing that record on LBTV (as in Lyrics Born TV) below. Full Zion I tour dates below too.
Meanwhile, The Grouch and Eligh are prepping their new record, Say G&E! due on April 7th. Say G&E! features production by Flying Lotus, Rick Rock and others, as well as guest appearances by Sage Francis, Slug, and Gift Of Gab of Blackalicious. The Grouch & Eligh are part of the LA based Living Legends crew with MURS. G&E, as well as the entire Living Legends crew, will team up at The Paid Dues Festival in San Bernardino, CA on Mar 28 with Cage (who has a new album coming), Brother Ali, Eyedea & Abilities, Atmosphere, B-Real, and many others.
Dates and video below...
by Black Bubblegum
"People think I'm in the independent category by choice."
Brother Ali is a minority, but not in the ways you might expect. First, he's a white rapper in a genre filled with mostly black artists. Second, Brother Ali is an albino.Brother Ali came up in the same midwest hip hop scene that birthed fellow indie b-boy and Rhymesayers co-owner Slug, making a name for himself through his self-produced and self-released debut Rites Of Passage. On the strength of Rites, Ali signed to Rhymesayers and dropped Shadows On The Sun, followed by the Champion EP and ultimately The Undisputed Truth in 2007. He's not strictly a "booth" rhymer either. He battled and triumphed over freestyle champ and Rhymesayers MC Eyedea at Scribble 2000, and he has logged more than 500 shows on four continents.
Ali, who was born Jason Newman, converted to Islam when he was 15. He says that he felt like an outsider among white people, and has never identified with the word "white."
"I was taken in, early on, by black folks," he says. "Those are the people who taught me the things that I needed to know to survive being who and what I am." [NPR]
Brother Ali will be back in NYC to play a free show at South Street Seaport on Friday, August 1st (8 pm) with notorious DJ Crew The Rub (7 pm). We cornered Ali for a moment before that show as he dropped two pennies on working with Rhymesayers go-to guy Ant, the follow-up to The Undisputed Truth, and why he thinks 50 Cent is ill.
BrooklynVegan: Ant has produced each of your last few records. Is there something about Ant's production that you feel complements your own style/flow? Are there any plans on working with any other producers and if so, who?
Brother Ali: Ant and I have been working together for several years and he's one of my closest friends. Not only do I love his beats but we share a similar outlook on music and life. He's a true producer in the sense that he sees elements of the people he works with as human beings and creates musical beds that allow those things to come out in the work. He has an ability to read people and help them present themselves in a really raw and personal way. There are other producers that I like and respect but I just can't believe that I could have the same creative chemistry with someone I don't really know.
interview continued below...
"The Truth Is Here tour featuring Brother Ali, Abstract Rude, Toki Wright and BK-One kicks off February 29th in Madison, Wisconsin and weaves its way through the lower forty-eight and ends in Chicago, Illinois on March 31st."
Ted Leo @ Highline Ballroom, NYC - Jan 15, 2008 (Tod Seelie)
Santogold @ Studio B, Brooklyn, NY - Jan 16, 2008 (Mel D. Cole)
Eagles of Death Metal, Brother Ali, and Ted Leo played a SPIN magazine party at Highline Ballroom on Tuesday night, and then Santogold, Izza Kizza, and Switch played a FADER party at Studio B on Wednesday.
Photos of the SPIN party by Bao Nguyen, below too....
Do you want to go see Brother Ali at Knitting Factory in NYC tonight (May 3)? E-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM right now. The first person to enter gets a pair of tickets on the list. Include your full name.
Brother Ali @ Coachella 2007
Lupe Fiasco @ Coachella 2007
Last Wednesday I went to see Joell Ortiz's CD release party for The Bodega Chronicles: The Brick at SOBs the other night and I really can't say much else but: Wow he's really that good. Watch the new video for Brooklyn Bullshit, and download Keep On Callin' here, and Hip Hop (remix) featuring Jadakiss & Saigon here.
Beanie Sigel is playing with a live band at Knitting Factory on May 22nd.
Rakim is playing Southpaw?
More HIP HOP Beeeeeeeeeeelow.....